Yorkshire Parkin is primarily the Northern English form of gingerbread but different parkins are characterised by where they are made. Those from Yorkshire are the most famous and the ones made there use oats which make them different to others. Parkin is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night, November 5th, celebrating the great failure of Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses on Parliament in 1605. Guy Fawkes was a Yorkshireman.
Oooeerrr, Mrs! Today I cooked a most humble of UK foods in the ' pot of wonders '
' Mince and Tatties ', also known as Savoury mince beef and potatoes!
Blimey, I put potatoes on top of mince and cooked it in 12 minutes....
There were variations on that theme fore centuries but it was in 1801 that crackers were named. Josiah Bent of Massachusetts was baking biscuits one day when he got distracted. By the time he returned to his oven the biscuits were crispy. Not wanting to admit that he screwed up Josiah called them crackers because of the crackling sound they made. And that, my friends, is how crackers came to be — the result of one man’s pride.